I’ve walked back and forth, all over town, looking for one thing.
The only thing the whole city seems to have run out of.
How can that be? I wonder as I walk into one last store.
How can every single store in the city have run out at the exact same time?
I look around and see the section I’m looking for.
It better be there, I think and walk over.
Along the rows of unfamiliar brands, I look for it.
I see the brand name and walk over to the shelf.
It isn’t here either.
I look around for a clerk.
But there’s none around.
At the cash registers, I can see two clerks chatting.
I walk over to them and ask if they have what I’m looking for.
Both of them stare at me for a second before one of them takes charge and leads me back to the section I was just in.
”It should be here,” She says and scans the shelves.
It isn’t there. I know it isn’t.
I’ve just looked.
But I don’t say anything.
”I can’t seem to find it, give me a minute and I’ll check in the back.” The clerk disappears through a door and I’m left standing in the store, hoping that my search can finally be over.
A few minutes pass before she comes back.
”I’m sorry, but it seems the company has stopped making what you’re looking for”
I stand there without saying a word.
It doesn’t even exist anymore?
I can’t believe it.
I don’t want to believe it.
I’ve searched the entire day for something that doesn’t even exist and not a single worker could tell me that?
I don’t believe it.
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Categories: flash fiction